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Somalia: SRSG's 21st letter to the diaspora

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Nairobi, 06 January 2010

As-Salaamu Alaikum,

Dear friends,

1. My warmest greetings and best wishes to you all for a more peaceful 1431 and 2010.

2. 2010 marks not only the beginning of a New Year but also a new decade. Like all peace-loving Somalis and all others who support you, I wish that during this New Year, and especially at the beginning of a new decade, peace and stability will finally take hold in Somalia. Many around the world set personal goals to improve their lives on New Year's Day. Let our collective resolution for 2010 be the return of real sovereignty, dignity and the beginning of prosperous decade. Also, as I mentioned in earlier letters, it is still my hope that Somalis will follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the spirit of Al Hudaibiya Pact (I do not apologise for continuing to remind you of the important lesson of this Pact). It is my wish that compromise, forgiveness and inclusion will prevail over armed confrontation and exclusion.